Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon are some of the most anticipated Black Friday Ads for 2018. With the Black Friday sale being less than three weeks away, retailers have already been releasing ad circulars and early Black Friday sales.
Walmart and Best Buy have yet to announce their Black Friday 2018 details. We predicted that both retailers Black Friday Ads will be leak today. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that will be the case. Hopefully, Walmart and Best Buy Black Friday Ads will be released in the next few days.
Until then, let’s discuss expected deals and predictions for Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon. These predictions are based on last year’s Black Friday data and from previous ad scans.
Best Buy opened its doors for last year’s Black Friday event at 5 pm on Thanksgiving Day. I believe that Best Buy will continue that tradition and will open again on Thanksgiving Day 11/22/18 at 5 pm. I don’t see them opening later than that, especially since the majority of retailers who have released their Black Friday Ads for 2018 will open at 5 pm.
Best Buy’s lowest price for a 50″ 4K Smart TV was $179.99. We should definitely see a good sized 4K TV for under $200 and a 55″ 4K TV for under $300.
You should expect Best Buy to continue to push their TV brand “Insignia” for Black Friday 2018.
As far as OLED TVs, I personally don’t see Best Buy offering any discounts or deals in their Ad Scan.
The Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook was deeply discounted with a sale tag of $99 – making it one of the cheapest laptops during last year’s Black Friday sale. Will we see another laptop for under $100? We shall see!
Best Buy didn’t have any Xbox One X game consoles on sale; whereas Walmart had at least one. I do expect them to advertise a few Xbox One X game consoles as well as a few more PS4 bundles this year around.
As far as gaming accessories, I see Best Buy matching Target’s Black Friday 2018 prices on the PS4 & Xbox One DualShock Wireless Controller of $39.99 each.
I do believe Best Buy will have better overall prices on Xbox One & PS4 video games and headsets.
Last year, Best Buy offered up to $200 off on the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Qualified Activation). Target’s recently leaked Black Friday 2018 ad showcases a $250 Target Gift Card with a qualified activation on the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
Best Buy will most likely offer up to $300 off on select iPhone models with a qualified activation.
You should also see Best Buy offering good discounts on Samsung tablets and phones.
Other Black Friday 2018 deals expected from Best Buy:
- Beats by Dre
- MacBook Air
- iPad Mini
- 2-In-1 Laptops and Gaming Laptops & accessories
- 4K Movies
- Small & Major Appliances
- Best Buy Gift Cards on select products
Walmart started their Black Friday event last year in-store on Thanksgiving Day at 6 pm. Like Best Buy, I see Walmart starting earlier for this year’s sale at about 5 pm on Thanksgiving Day. As far as online Black Friday deals go, Walmart will most likely make the deals available on Friday 11/23/18 at Walmart.com.
During last year’s Black Friday sale, Walmart did not do the 1-hour guarantee. The 1-hour guarantee is mainly for doorbusters which guarantee the customer the item or doorbuster for 1 hour. If it goes out of stock within that hour, Walmart will give you a rain check for that item at the doorbuster price.
I know many customers will like for Walmart to bring back the 1-hour guarantee for Black Friday 2018 but I personally don’t see Walmart doing it.
On the other hand, Walmart Black Friday deals for 2018 should be interesting. They had the 39″ Smart TV for $125 and a Sharp 55″ 4K Smart TV for $299.99 during last year’s Black Friday sale. I expect Walmart to not only have a few HDTVs for under $150 but I think we are going to see a 40″ TV at exactly $100 for Black Friday 2018.
Also, Walmart has been advertising Samsung QLED TVs since the start of their “Early Black Friday Access” sale, which went LIVE about a week ago. We may see one Samsung QLED TV advertised in Walmart’s upcoming Black Friday Ad.
As far as OLED TVs, I’m on the fence because Walmart had a few OLED TVs discounted in the last several months. It can go either way, but I won’t be shocked to see an OLED TV on sale from Walmart for Black Friday 2018.
We may see $100 – $300 Walmart Gift Card on select Apple or Samsung phones with qualifying activation.
I don’t see Walmart coming down on the Nintendo Switch price just yet. However, you could expect Xbox One S, Xbox One X & PS4 game console deals from Walmart. Also, select Xbox One and PS4 video games should be discounted.
Other Black Friday 2018 deals expected from Walmart:
- Roku Streaming Devices
- Chromebooks from HP and Samsung
- iPads & Samsung Galaxy Tablet
- Home Goods
- Small appliances
Amazon is one retailer that doesn’t reveal too many details about their Black Friday sale. One thing for certain is Amazon will have deals on their Amazon devices. This is something that they had announced in previous years; this year as well.
Amazon also announced that they will be waiving the $25 minimum purchase order for free shipping during the holidays. And for Prime members who already qualify for free 2-day shipping will now have the option of free same-day delivery.
At the moment, there are early Black Friday Deals going on at Amazon.com. I personally wouldn’t recommend purchasing any Amazon devices because they will be a little cheaper during Amazon’s main Black Friday 2018 event.
Last year, Amazon kicked off Black Friday at 12 am PT on Thanksgiving Day. There were 30 deals of the day and thousands of Lightning Deals. As well as huge markdowns in a variety of categories such as electronics, toys, clothing, tools and more.
Here are expected deals for Amazon Black Friday 2018 sale.
- Amazon devices will be discounted – Kindle Fire, Echo Dot & Plus, Fire TV Stick.
- Save up to 35% on Melissa & Doug toys and furniture.
- Save up to 35% on select mattresses, furniture, and rugs.
- Save up to 40% on PC gaming laptops, desktops, accessories and more.
- Up to $100 off on PlayStation VR Bundles.
- Several Samsung 4K TVs 50″ and up will be marked down.
- LG OLED TVs (I believe Amazon will be one of the few retailers with OLED TV deals during Black Friday 2018).
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